Blue Hole
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Key deer, alligators and fish gather at this watering hole, formerly a limestone quarry, where fresh water is layered over salt water.
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  • Anna C
    Palo Alto, California4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Stop, Not a Destination
    This is a fun place to stop for 20 minutes if you're driving by, but don't make this your destination. I've been here 2 times but I've never seen an alligator. But, it's still fun to see what a freshwater pond looks like in the Keys since I think it's the only one of that size. You can also see some small turtles and birds. One thing that I find annoying is that there are two short trails from the parking lot and both go around the pond but not all the way, they do not meet up. So each trail is a dead end and you can't make a loop.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Joan W
    Saratoga Springs, New York863 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blue Hole in Big Pine Key-Well Worth the Visit
    A wonderful learning experience that was free! Jane, a volunteer pointed out different birds, the history of the area and an alligator resting beneath the landing. She was terrific! The trails were well defined with information signs along the way. An excellent experience for the whole family.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 February 2024
  • Julie B
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Short Nature Stop (on the way to something else)
    Great free place to stop ON THE WAY TO SOMETHING ELSE. You'd probably only want to spend about 20 minutes there or so. It's not far off the main highway and worth the stop if you like nature. Helpful guides pointed out wildlife - we saw the female gator (very cool!), a few green herons, several Anhinga (large dark birds), and a green iguana. There are a few tarpon easily visible at the observation deck that got trapped there during a hurricane (and a few other large fish too) that were cool to see. We enjoyed the visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2024
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Willy78746
Karnack, TX104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Tiny deer best seen driving thru the neighborhoods going to the No Name Pub. Be sure to go to the No Name Pub. Blue hole good too.
Written 20 May 2024
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Julie B
Milwaukee, WI28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great free place to stop ON THE WAY TO SOMETHING ELSE. You'd probably only want to spend about 20 minutes there or so. It's not far off the main highway and worth the stop if you like nature. Helpful guides pointed out wildlife - we saw the female gator (very cool!), a few green herons, several Anhinga (large dark birds), and a green iguana. There are a few tarpon easily visible at the observation deck that got trapped there during a hurricane (and a few other large fish too) that were cool to see. We enjoyed the visit.
Written 18 March 2024
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cuTRis
Saint Paul, MN150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Blue Hole is man-made, is salt water below, and freshwater above. It contains tarpon from the Atlantic, and alligators, which live in freshwater. We also saw non-native iguanas, lots of birds, fish, lizards. Best of all, one of the mini Key deer came out of the trees, and it was not afraid of us.
Written 12 March 2024
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krystin
Lone Rock, WI21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Absolute must see! It's a short detour off hwy 1 with so much information. There is a short hike to see most of the hole. Will be doing it again when back.
Written 2 March 2024
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Joan W
Saratoga Springs, NY863 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A wonderful learning experience that was free! Jane, a volunteer pointed out different birds, the history of the area and an alligator resting beneath the landing. She was terrific!
The trails were well defined with information signs along the way.
An excellent experience for the whole family.
Written 8 February 2024
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Anna C
Palo Alto, CA4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This is a fun place to stop for 20 minutes if you're driving by, but don't make this your destination. I've been here 2 times but I've never seen an alligator. But, it's still fun to see what a freshwater pond looks like in the Keys since I think it's the only one of that size. You can also see some small turtles and birds.
One thing that I find annoying is that there are two short trails from the parking lot and both go around the pond but not all the way, they do not meet up. So each trail is a dead end and you can't make a loop.
Written 14 July 2023
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Karen M
Chicago, IL176 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
A little out of the way, but we went hoping to see alligators. There are a few that are known to be found there, but they weren't showing themselves when we stopped We did see turtles and birds. It only takes about 15 minutes to walk the loop, but you can spend extra time waiting by the water. Wasn't able to see any Key Deer when we were driving or walking around, but did get lucky at the No-Name Pub.
Written 1 June 2023
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Chris D
Columbus, OH48 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We were biking around Big Pine Key and stumbled upon this spot. Nothing special, just a quarry hole.

We did get to see a small alligator and some cool birds.
Written 20 April 2023
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Kaylee C
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Super disappointed we thought we would
Be able to see much more than we did. It just looked like a big pond. We were hoping for a bit more.
Written 2 March 2023
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hunt108
Lancaster, PA103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
It is a short walk to the viewing platform overlooking the pond. There were two alligator hanging out below the platform to watch. We also saw two species of water fowl.
Written 28 February 2023
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